A50A8038editedMy name is Margaret Hancock and I live in Virginia with my preschool sweetheart and our three kids. I launched hots&olives at the urging of my children’s pediatrician and in response to family, friends, and friends of friends’ inquiries into living with allergies. It is based on my own personal story and ever-evolving lifestyle.

My own diagnosis came at fifteen after multiple episodes of anaphylaxis. The lack of a commonality with each allergic episode concluded idiopathic anaphylaxis – which by definition means an unknown cause for a life-threatening allergic reaction. Known triggers also materialized during my adulthood including foods, latex, medicines, scents, and textiles. 

Just about the time I settled into living with allergies, W was born. 

He came into this world with round cheeks, sparkling blue eyes, and a tuft of blonde hair. Within a week of leaving the hospital, we were back with gastrointestinal complications and unusual behaviors for an otherwise healthy baby. Changes in formula helped until we began introducing solid foods at nine months. Newer and more intense gastro issues, dehydration, low blood pressure, lethargy, eczema, and unanswered questions abounded. Several multiple night hospital stays led to even more questions, a diet limited to specialized formula, and his own diagnosis of FPIES. 

When we began to introduce foods one at a time, we were overjoyed that white potato was safe for W. Tator tots and fries – all lovingly called “hots” – remain a staple for him, as well as olives of all kinds.

FPIES is a condition that children can outgrow, but we have to conduct hospitalized food challenges to know and we certainly can’t predict the outcomes. Idiopathic anaphylaxis has also been known to subside, though it has not done so yet for me.

So our story continues and, as it does, we find ways to live joyfully with allergies. And we eat hots and olives by the plateful! 

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